Rag Rugs

1 Mar

Creating functional furnishings from recycled materials.


The apparel and textile industries, while creating clothes for fashion-hungry consumers, are among the largest creators of waste. For example, according to city estimates, remnant fabrics and used clothing in Los Angeles account for up to 10 percent of trash in landfills.   And even though the manufacturing base has contracted in recent years, the remaining apparel and textile producers still account for massive amounts of waste.  Despite efforts by charitable organizations such as the Red Cross, Salvation Army and Goodwill,  large amounts of clothing still ends up in landfills.


Modestly addressing this issue, I reclaim used textiles for use in rag rugs and quilts.   One company estimated that it takes as much as 8,000 liters of water to grow the cotton used for just one pair of jeans. Putting a pair of old jeans back into use as rag rugs rather than in the dump can conserve not only landfill space but also keeps already spent resources viable.

Visit my Etsy Store to see completed rugs and quilts from reclaimed materials.

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One Response to “Rag Rugs”

  1. Ash March 1, 2010 at 9:44 pm #

    Very interesting post and a wonderful idea for reusing old jeans! I’m not one of the trend followers myself. Jeans don’t go out of use until they can no longer be worn in public. Then they go onto my pile of scrap fabric that I will do something with some day 😉

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